Thursday, August 28, 2008

Some Thoughts on Foreign Language Study

Under the subchapter heading, "Beginning the Formal Study of Greek and Latin:"

All foreign languages need to be studied on regular basis--at least four times a week, but every day is better. Don't take the summer off unless you must. If you stop for any length of time, then it is normal to fell lost and need some extensive review. Such is the nature of language study; if you don't use it, you tend to lose it. Steady study--evenly paced advancement--is what we want. Language study develops the mind, much like math. We won't all produce Ph.D. Latin scholars, but we will produce students who learn to think in other categories, and who are better prepared to study even in English.

~~Teaching the Trivium, Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, p. 365

Friday, August 22, 2008

My Baby~~A Poem

I was looking through some copies of newspaper clippings my husband's grandmother had kept along with some of her genealogical info, & this poem was among the photocopied articles. I hope you enjoy it.

My Baby

My baby's tears are tiny pearls
From angel eyes of blue.
They bathe my heart and keep my thoughts
Forever clean and true.

So swiftly do the years pass by,
The years when you are mine,
I stoop to kiss each tear-stained eye
With mother love divine.

My baby's kiss transports my soul
On gossamer wings of joy
To dreams I dream while holding close
My precious honey boy.

God made us mothers, every one,
He knows the joy and fear
Contained within each baby smile,
Or in each baby tear.

~~by Mabel Y. Fuhs

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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This won't fit in my sidebar, so I'll have to post it this way. Go ahead, you'll love J.J. Heller!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Frugal Friday: When to Save for a New Appliance

Here is a handy chart of appliance lifetime expectancy. if your appliance is older than the age posted, start saving up for a new one or expecting breakdowns. According to, "Consumer Reports' expert advice for products that need professional repair is to toss any for which you paid less than $150, and to nix any repair that costs more than half the price of a new product. It doesn't make economic sense to repair off-warranty toasters, countertop microwave ovens, cordless phones, CD players, VCRs, inkjet printers, and conventional TV sets under 30 inches. Many such products aren't even serviceable."

Find more frugal fun at Biblical Womanhood.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

10 Secrets To Rewarding Homemaking from

TipNut has some great tips for managing your home, starting with a great attitude!

10 Secrets To Rewarding Homemaking from

1. "Know: You are a Home Manager, not a slave, martyr or responder to chaos. Each day is a fresh start with new things to accomplish and feel pride for.

2. Realize: Actively managing your home is one way to nurture your family and their environment. There will be positive reflections: a more harmonious household, a little more eagerness attending to household chores, more appreciation and gratitude."

Monday, August 11, 2008

Family & Government

“It’s always good to take a break from the madding crowd, but especially now that American politics has surpassed itself in self-mockery. After four days avoiding television, blogs, YouTube, and cell phones, it is possible to wonder how we get so exercised about the insignificant. Not that politics isn’t important. The debate about what role government should play in our lives is no small thing. And while we can’t all kick back at once and hope that our enemies work out their anger issues, a little perspective is salutary and productive in a fallow field kind of way... The family is what gives our life meaning and makes our nation strong. The family is also what keeps government at a respectful distance—working for us and not the other way around. All our political choices should be made in the service of that understanding. That’s all. And we’ve got work to do.” —Kathleen Parker

In The Patriot Post.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What really happened at Roswell?

I've heard plenty about the "alien coverup" at Roswell, all of it conjecture. I was pleasantly surprised to find this article on Creation Ministries International detailing what the coverup was actually about (Hint: it wasn't aliens!). It also points out how our presuppositons lead to our worldview.

What really happened at Roswell?

You may also want to check out NASA astronaut Ed Mitchell says aliens are with us.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Recycling CD Containers

Wow! I love these ideas for recycling old cd "boxes" into something useful. I'm one of those people who see leftover packaging & thinks "There's got to be something clever to do with this." And now someone over at Instructables has come up with this (though I don't recommend using non-food plastic containers for carrying edibles; perhaps the food could be wrapped in food-safe plastic wrap, but there can be plastic leaching even from that). Have a look:

Recycle CD Box - Watch todayĆ¢€™s top amazing videos here

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Happily Never After

From today's FRC e-newsletter:

Jim Henson once said, "Television is...teaching whether you want it to or not." Unfortunately, the majority of networks aren't teaching kids the values that most parents would prefer they learn. Primetime vulgarity is skyrocketing, as are lawsuits to keep the FCC from regulating it. While liberals focus on shutting down the government's watchdog, the Parents Television Council (PTC) is doing its best to warn families about the latest trends in programming. The newest research shows that the networks have very little to be proud of. This week, PTC announced the findings of its latest study, "Happily Never After: How Hollywood Favors Adultery and Promiscuity over Marital Intimacy..." In the first month of the 2007-08 television season, PTC watched over 207 hours of "scripted entertainment" on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and the CW. It became obvious that "network TV likes sex, but not in marriage." The glorification of adultery and other misbehavior was almost universal. On every network, PTC found that the references to non-marital sex outnumbered the references to marital sex by nearly 3 to 1. Hollywood's assault on morality wasn't reserved for late-night viewers either. "The Family Hour-the time slot with the largest audience of young viewers-contained the highest frequency of references to non-married sex (3.9 to 1). On NBC alone, the remarks about "incest, pedophilia, partner swapping, prostitution, threesomes, transsexuals, bestiality, and necrophilia combined outnumbered references to married sex by a ratio of 27 to 1." Is it any wonder that we're fighting to save marriage when most Americans are ingesting a steady diet of Hollywood's contempt for it? The networks' fascination with this sexual revolution should bring nothing but sexual revulsion.

Additional Resources
AP: Network TV likes sex, but not in marriage

Insightful Texans Stall the NAFTA Superhighway

Insightful Texans Stall the NAFTA Superhighway: "NaturalNews) Texans may well be handing the rest of America a blueprint for fighting big government. The people of Texas have finally found a way to halt the progress of the government in stripping them of their homes, businesses and property to build the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), a critical link in the NAFTA Superhighway. By utilizing a little known state law, Texans are ensuring that their voices of opposition will finally be heard."

Hooray! There's nothing like fighting bureaucracy with bureaucracy! Bravo to Ron Paul and other Texans for fighting this horrendous danger to our freedom.

Please follow the link to finish the article.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Expert: Birth Control Pills Ineffective in Stemming Unintended Pregnancies|

Expert: Birth Control Pills Ineffective in Stemming Unintended Pregnancies| "Birth control pills have done nothing to stem the tide of rising unintended and teenage pregnancies, according to a population and contraception expert at Princeton University."

Interesting--Planned Parenthood & the other pro-sex people said contraception was the answer. Follow the link for the rest of the short article.